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Sinigrin: The Secret Behind Mustard Oil's Health Benefits

Updated: Jul 2

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Sinigrin: The Secret Behind Mustard Oil's Health Benefits

Sinigrin is a natural aliphatic glucosinolate that is found in large amounts in the seeds of Brassica nigris – from which cold-pressed Mustard Oil is extracted.

A paper published by the Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences at South Africa’s North-West University has carried out an in-depth examination of the studies that have been conducted on the various pharmacological activities of Sinigrin.

The paper revalidates the significant anti-cancer, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, bio-fumigation and wound-healing properties of cold-pressed Mustard Oil. These properties emanate mainly from the high Sinigrin content found in Mustard Oil and mustard seeds.

Sinigrin also produces another invaluable compound during the cold-press extraction of Mustard Oil. During this process an enzyme called Myronsinase (also found in mustard seeds) combines with Sinigrin to produce an organosulphur compound known as Allyl Isothiocyanate, or AITC. The characteristic pungency of cold-pressed Mustard Oil is derived from AITC.

AITC empowers Mustard Oil with some truly amazing anti-cancer properties. Research indicates that AITC plays a key role in inhibiting the growth and spread of cancer cells in cases of colon cancer, colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, leukaemia, prostate cancer and breast cancer. In fact, in contemporary medical practice, Mustard Oil is already being used to treat colon and colorectal cancer.

Isn’t it reassuring to know that when you cook your food in cold-pressed Mustard Oil, you are actually giving your family protection from cancer?

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